By Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer and Financial Aid Expert – August 29, 2018 (updated January 3, 2019)

Here at StepUp, we want to help you learn about paying for college. Here’s a simple checklist of a few things you can do this year to start preparing to pay for college.


10th and 11th Grade Paying for College Checklist


    1. Research how much your top college choices are going to cost. Check out net price calculators to start thinking about how much you will need to save for college costs.


    1. Find a part-time job (even mowing lawns or babysitting) to get experience to put on scholarship and college applications while earning some cash for college


    1. Scholarships. Scholarships. Scholarships! Build your scholarship resume using the StepUp Utah Scholarship Toolkit by volunteering in the community.


    1. Get college credit while you are in high school. Register for concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate classes to save on college costs.


  1. College isn’t that far in the future! Forecast how much financial aid you could qualify for by using the FAFSA4Caster.


We know that the thought of paying for college seems overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’re here to help.


Stay tuned for more paying for college suggestions, including information on scholarships, grants, work-study, savings, and student loans. And remember that if you have any questions, you can reach out to your paying for college experts at

Jacob Newman, Outreach Officer, FAFSA Wizard, and Paying for College Expert at StepUpUtahJacob Newman is a Community Outreach Officer with Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA) and financial aid expert. Before working with UHEAA, he worked as a the Job Readiness Program Coordinator at the English Skills Learning Center. Jacob graduated with an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Brigham Young University in August 2016. He speaks Thai, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Follow Jacob on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat @stepupjacob.